Sunday, March 12th Rev. Mary Grigolia “American Dreams”

When our government bans Muslims, goes after immigrants, normalizes violence against people of color, weakens environmental protection; threatens to defund the United Nations, we hear, “That’s not America.” Who are we and who do we dream of becoming? How do UU principles awaken us to American dreams for a future we help create?

Sunday, February 19th-Andrew Frantz – Sharing and Expanding Beliefs about the Divine / What I Learned about God in Minister School

As Unitarian Universalists we are called to search for our own truth and meaning. Some of us believe in God, many of us do not–and it’s not simply a yes or no question!  Bring your open mind and loving heart as we explore religious naturalism, the idea of God as the web of life, and the wisdom of theologians from Bernard Loomer to Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Andrew Frantz is a long-time member of OUUF. He now lives in Wooster, Ohio and is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Meadville-Lombard Theological Seminary.

 

Sunday, December 4th Rev. Renee Ruchotzke and Drew Frantz “From iChurch to WeChurch”

As the political and social climate shifts away from liberal religious values, liberal faith communities need to hone their message and strengthen their connections.

(Inspired by the  2012 Berry Street Lecture From iChurch to Beloved Community Rev. Fredric J. Muir

Rev. Renee Ruchotzke has been serving the UUA as Congregational Life Staff since 2010. She will be replacing Evin Carvill-Ziemer as our UUA “primary contact.” She also serves as co-dean of The UU Leadership Institute and blogs at http://vitalleaders.blogs.uua.org/
She is affiliated with the UU Church of Kent, Ohio.

Followed by at Congregation Discussion @12:15pm

Regional staff will host a conversation including exploration of models of RE staffing for smaller congregations and current trends in RE models in small congregations.
The congregation will have a chance to discuss priorities and values for staffing and supporting the Oberlin RE program to support the Board in it’s work to assess the program, vision for the future, and hire a permanent Director of Religious Education.
All are welcome to attend!

Sunday, December 11th Rev. Mary Grigolia “Beyond Consumerism”

Our birthright includes a longing for wholeness: with our deepest wisest self, with one another, and with the Ground of Being. Sometimes that longing feels like a gaping hole within us, and we try to fill it with stuff. Especially in December. Come, turn within, listen to the voice of your own beautiful heart.